THUNDERBIRD INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR
Grayhawk Golf Club, Raptor Course
May 23-26, 2003
HARMAN FIRES A 6-UNDER-PAR TO SIT ATOP
Kemp ties women's competitive course record
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Brian Harman of Savannah, Ga.,
scorched the Raptor Course Saturday in the desert heat for
a 6-under-par 66 (34-32), one shot off the course record.
In the Girls Division, Sarah Kemp of Melbourne, Australia,
tied the competitive women's course record with a 4-under-par
The 54-hole stroke play event, conducted by the American Junior
Golf Association, features 84 players from 20 states, Australia,
Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Sweden. Sixty-six members
of the Polo Golf Junior All-America teams are entered.
Harman, who finished the day with six birdies and 12 pars,
got his day off to a good start with birdies on Nos. 3 and
4, from 20 and 10 feet, respectively.
"I really struggled off the tee today," the third-team
Polo Golf Junior All-American said. "I had a few good
breaks and I only went into the desert once."
The highlight of the 16-year-old's day was making a 30-foot
putt for par on No. 8.
"My putts were falling," he said. "I only missed
one putt within 10 feet. I was hitting my irons well, too.
My round today gives me a lot of confidence. For tomorrow,
I just need to shoot another round in the 60s and I will still
be up there."
One stroke back at 67 are Jon Curran of Hopkinton, Mass.,
and Roberto Castro of Alpharetta, Ga. Tied for fourth with
a round of 70 are Kevin Dore of Dundas, Ontario, and Anthony
Kim of La Quinta, Calif.
In the Girls Division, Kemp will take a two-stroke lead into
the second round after firing 33-35 for a 4-under-par 68.
"I drove the ball well and did not miss any fairways,"
the 17-year-old said. "I hit a couple of shots left,
but I got up-and-down for par."
Kemp, who is the Australian Junior Champion and the top-ranked
women's amateur in her country, bogeyed the first hole and
then had three birdies in a row, starting at hole six. She
finished the day with five birdies, 12 pars and one bogey.
"I have never played desert golf before and this is one
of the hottest days that I have played," she said. "This
is a nice course and it is a little longer than the courses
This is only the second time Kemp has ever been to the United
States and she noticed the balls go a little further here.
Her 68 ties the competitive course record set by Kim Kouwabunpat
and Brittany Lang at this event in 2000 and 2002, respectively.
"It's great to play so well here," Kemp said. "I
am happy to be here, playing against the best juniors in the
Two shots back at 2-under-par 70 is Ashley Knoll of The Woodlands,
Texas, and Hannah Jun of San Diego, Calif. Tied for fourth
at even-par 72 are defending champion Brittany Lang of McKinney,
Texas, the Polo Golf Girls Junior Player of the Year In-Bee
Park of Eustis, Fla., and Mallory Code of Tampa, Fla.
Second round action will begin at 7 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and
10 tees, with the final round taking place on Monday.
For more information on the Thunderbird International Junior,
please contact tournament headquarters at (480) 502-3181.
Polo Golf Rankings
1. Eugene Hong
2. Davis Shore
3. Andy Zhang
(China) Winter Garden, Fla.
4. Noah Goodwin
5. Norman Xiong
Canyon Lake, Calif.
|| 1. Kaitlyn Papp
|| 2. Mariel Galdiano
Pearl City, Hawaii
|| 3. Kristen Gillman
|| 4. Jaravee Boonchant
(Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
|| 5. Yujeong Son
(South Korea) Norman, Okla.
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* Won via sudden-death playoff